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from AAI website – Athletics Leader Course in Wexford
– Two Important Documents Launched
– Team For European Cross Country Championships
– Squad and Coaching workshops this weekend
– Successful leader course concludes in Cavan

Athletics Leader Course in Wexford
An Athletic Leader Coaching Course will be held in Presentation Secondary School, Grogans Road, Wexford on the 9th December from 10am – 5pm.

The Athletics Leader coaching course focuses on introducing the fundamentals of athletic movement to children. It is aimed at providing teachers, parents and club members with the skills and tools to manage and lead an Athletics Program in their club or school. The course is focused on the delivery of practical information and lessons. The content focuses on organising athletics games and activities for young children.

The content for this course includes:
• Group coaching skills and identifying ways to make the coaching sessions fun
• Games to provide fun in developing fitness
• Practical sessions on running and agility, jumping and throwing.
• Developing an awareness of the growing child and the implications on fitness activities
• Planning a session and a program.

Venue: Presentation Secondary School, Grogans Road, Wexford Co Wexford

Dates: 9th December 10am – 5pm

Cost: € 60

If you are interested in attending this course, please fill in the enclosed application form or email the details to Ryan Montgomery on ryan@athleticsireland.ie

For Application form see Athletics Leader Course Application Form 2007.pdf (attached)

For further info please see Athletics Leader – Wexford-Dec.pdf (attached)
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Two Important Documents Launched

Athletics Ireland have launched two key documents this week. From First Steps To Full Stride outlines the vision of the Association and shows clearly that there is a place for everybody in athletics. It shows the pathways for athletes, coaches, officials and administrators within athletics and shows how Athletics Ireland supports the people involved at every level.

The Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children in Athletics is an important document for everybody involved with young people. It provides guidelines for coaches, parents and club administrators.

Both documents are available from the office and have been distributed to clubs, County Boards and Provincial Boards by post.
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Athletics Ireland Announce Team For European Cross Country Championships
Athletics Ireland today announced a 36 strong team for the European Cross Country Championships which take place on the 9th of December in Toro, Spain.

The Senior Women’s team will be led by Fionnuala Britton, who was a silver medal winner in the Under 23 race at last year’s European Cross Country Championship. Britton has gone on from that to take 12th in the 3000m Steeplechase at the World Championships and she retained her Irish Women’s Inter County Cross Country title yesterday in the Curragh.

Britton will be joined on the women’s team by Deirdre Byrne, who finished second in the Curragh along with Sligo’s Mary Cullen. Jolene Byrne, Pauline Curley and Maria McCambridge complete the senior women’s team.

The Senior Men’s team will include Gary Murray, who took the Irish Men’s Inter Counties Cross Country title yesterday. Murray is joined on the team by Gareth Turnbull who finished 11 seconds behind him in yesterday’s race. The team is completed by Martin Fagan, Vinnie Mulvey, Joe McAllister and Colm Rooney.

The men’s Under 23 team holds one of Ireland’s best chances of a medal in Mark Christie. Christie who won last year’s Inter-Counties and came third in yesterday’s race will be hopeful of doing well in Spain. In the Women’s Under 23 team, Linda Byrne will also be looking to build on an impressive season as will Rose Anne Galligan who is also included.

Then Junior Men’s team will also be looking for a good performance in Spain with several on the athletes having good years. This includes John Coghlan who won the junior race at yesterday’s Irish Inter-Counties, while Brendan O’Neill, who led that race until the last lap is another excellent prospect.

The Junior Women’s team includes the Ffrench-O’Carroll twins, Charlotte and Rebecca. Charlotte to the junior title just ahead of her sister yesterday and they will both be in contention at the Europeans.

Anne Keenan-Buckley, Team manager, is happy with the squad fro Spain. “This is a very strong team, a lot stronger than last year and we managed to medal through Fionnuala, which was fantastic. This year we have several genuine medal hopes and with many of these athletes in top from there is no reason why we can’t come home with a medal again,” Keenan-Buckley said at the announcement.

Irish Team
European Cross Country Championships
December 9th, Toro, Spain

Senior Men
Martin Fagan (Mullingar Harriers)
Gary Murray (St. Malachy’s)
Gareth Turnbull (St. Malachy’s)
Vinnie Mulvey (Raheny Shamrocks)
Joe McAllister (St. Malachy’s)
Colm Rooney (Clonliffe Harriers)

Senior Women
Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC)
Fionnuala Britton (Sli Chulainn)
Deirdre Byrne (Sli Chulainn)
Jolene Byrne (Donore Harriers)
Pauline Curley (Tullamore AC)
Maria McCambridge (Dundrum South Dublin)

U-23 Men
Mark Christie (Mullingar Harriers)
Joseph Sweeney (Dundrum South Dublin)
Michael Clohissey (Raheny Shamrocks)
Cathal Dennehy (Emerald AC)
Danny Darcy (Liffey Valley)
Andrew Ledwith (Fr. Murphy’s)

U-23 Women
Linda Byrne (Dundrum South Dublin)
Frances Nic Reamoin (Clonliffe Harriers)
Rose Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC)
Aisling Baker (Dundrum South Dublin)
Azemra Gebrezgi (Dublin City Harriers)
Tracey Williams (Tallaght AC)

Junior Men
David McCarthy (West Waterford AC)
Brendan O’Neill (Dundrum South Dublin)
John Coghlan (Metro St. Brigid’s)
Michael Mulhare (North Laois AC)
David Rooney (Raheny Shamrocks)
Niall Tuohy (Ferrybank AC)

Junior Women
Charlotte Ffrench-O’Carroll (Dundrum South Dublin)
Rebecca Ffrench-O’Carroll (Dundrum South Dublin)
Suzanne Huet (Dundrum South Dublin)
Sara Louise Treacy (Moynalvey AC)
Eimear Black (Balymena and Antrim AC)
Lorraine McCarthy (West Waterford AC)
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Reminders
Squad and Coaching workshops this weekend

1st of December Steeplechase workshop with Dave Sunderland Santry 12-3pm
1st of December Relay Squad training Training for all relay and Sprint Squad members Registration 11am, Warm Up begins at 11.30. Session end 2.30. Santry

2nd of Dec Hurdles Workshop with Graham Knight 10.30-4.30 Santry
2nd of Dec Level 3 Marathon Workshop with Dave Sunderland AAI offices Northwood Santry. limited spaces still available to coaches of Marathon runners

For details on any of the above contact Gary Ryan 0879830570 or coaching@athleticsireland.ie

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Successful leader course concludes in Cavan
On Friday night last fourteen coaches from clubs in Cavan/Monaghan successfully completed the Athletics Ireland, Leader Coaching Course in Ballyhaise Co. Cavan.

The Athletics Leader coaching course focuses on introducing the fundamentals of athletic movement to children –i.e. agility, balance and coordination and is aimed at providing teachers, parents and club members with the skills and tools to manage and lead an Athletics Programme.

The content of the course included
• Group coaching skills
• Games to provide fun in developing fitness
• Practical sessions on running and agility, jumping and throwing.
• Developing an awareness of the growing child and the implications on fitness activities
• Planning a session and a program.

At the conclusion of the course Eamon Harvey, Athletics Ireland Tutor and R.D.O. congratulated all the coaches on their commitment in successfully completing the course and outlined the ongoing coach and club support services available from Athletics Ireland’s Development and Coaching teams.

Bailieboro Athletics Club receive Leader Equipment
Bailieboro Athletics Club, Co Cavan is the latest group to receive leader Equipment under the Athletics Ireland Club Development Scheme. Clubs that support the Athletics Leader Coaching initiative by having three or more coaches attend a Leader Course are rewarded with a substantial bag of child friendly equipment. Elaine Smith, accepted an equipment bag on behalf of Bailiboro AC, at the conclusion of an Athletics Leader Course in Ballyhaise, last Friday night